This year’s panto, Peter Pan, has something for everyone and Chris Jordan has certainly worked his wonders with this classic J M Barrie story.  Panto traditionalists will be delighted that there is still a place for the good old “dame”  and welcomed back Martyn Knight – this year as Mrs Smee – part of the crew of evil pirate Captain Hook, played by who else than arch-villain Brian Capron!   Then there is the Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Twist and Pulse and add to the mix the flying Peter Pan and Tinkerbell  – plus the Darling children, of course.  No Eastbourne panto would now be complete without Tucker’s brilliantly timed humour in his interaction with the audience and no surprise that he has the children eating out of the palm of his hand, as always!  The depth and variety of talent in this year’s production is amazing. There is so much to take in that seeing it once is probably not enough!   There are also a few surprises along the way, but no spoilers here!

After such an entertaining evening, the Friends were delighted to play host at an after-show get-together for the cast and company in the Winter Garden Bistro.  This has become a traditional part of the Panto each year and one which the many Friends who attend look forward to.  It is always good to see familiar panto faces – such as Tucker and Martyn Knight, and also those who have starred at the DPT in other roles – notably Brian Capron and Peter Pan himself, Ewan Goddard, who has appeared in at least three other productions here in 2015!  But it is also a delight to welcome Ashleigh Drew and Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy (aka Twist & Pulse) and other members of the cast who mingled and chatted with the Friends  – as shown in the pictures below.